Arthritis and joint pain is a common and treatable condition provided you get the advice and treatment options that are right for you.
The lower limb joints are prone to changes as we age, with the knee joint most commonly developing problems.
We use our legs every single day, and that means that they’ll eventually develop wear and tear, especially during intense exercise and physical labour.
‘Arthritis’ is actually an umbrella term for many different conditions that affect the joints, which also means there can be many different causes and symptoms.
Age, wear and tear, physical overuse, previous injury and infection of the joints are some of the common causes of arthritis.
Joint pain can be frustrating and crippling, so speak to your doctor about the possibility arthritis and see a podiatrist for tailored treatment options.
Some of the more common signs of Arthritis include:
The best treatments involve diagnosing your specific type of arthritis, finding the areas of pain and stiffness and working to alleviate these specific symptoms. The specialists at Cheltenham Podiatry have extensive experience in dealing with many different forms of arthritis, allowing us to diagnose accurately and formulate a solution tailored to your needs.
Pain on the inside of the knee joint, for example, can be caused by degeneration of the cartilage. Growing evidence suggests that lateral foot wedges can reduce pain in this type of knee arthritis, by redirecting forces away from the damaged area. Stiffness in the lower limb joints can also be alleviated with orthotics or in some cases rocker shoes.
Cheltenham Podiatry uses the latest in biological therapies to correct the internal inflammatory environment and strengthen weak ligaments.
Some of our specific therapies include:
These therapies are safe, effective and drug-free.
Injection therapies are performed at Cheltenham Podiatry under the guidance of ultrasound, with research showing that ultrasound produces much clearer and more comprehensive results.
Cheltenham Podiatry strives to use treatments that go beyond regular anti-inflammatory medication, instead using safe, efficient and advanced methods that take advantage of the body’s natural healing process, as well as its ability to produce natural anti-inflammatory proteins into your joints.